Brave Ben Williams
I don’t remember his exact words, but some months ago, the inimitable, unstoppable and clearly courageous books editor of The Sunday Times (among other things), Ben Williams, said to me, hey, you know what, we should bring out a book of your columns.
I wonder if he had known what a Pandora’s Box of grime, smut and crazy he was opening, whether he would have still been so keen? Either way, I got him to sign on the dotted line before he sobered up and changed his mind, and so together with Renee Naude, we embarked on the funnest mission ever, to collate a selection of columns and the letters I get from them every week.
Letters that range from the good:
Subject: “living alone”
Paige, I never write fan mail but I just had to after reading “A song for toast with the most” because it was so true and made me laugh out loud. My secret? I live alone so I can watch WWE Smackdown on ETV and drink whisky on Wednesday nights. Thank you for a fantastic column.
I steal the Lifestyle section from my family on Sundays, and when I get back to my lonezone, you and Ndumiso Ngcobo make my crime totally worth it!
To the bad:
I understand your weekly column in the Lifestyle section of the Sunday Times is meant to be a light-hearted attempt at humour and that you cannot please everyone with what you write. However, I believe that some of the generalisations and stereotypes that you made in your most recent article ‘Toy boys vs sugar daddies’, published on 21 November 2010, are just plain obscene, even offensive… [It goes on a bit from here, but you get the gist]
To the downright ugly:
Hello Paige, my love
my darling, its is my ferverent desire to ravish and feast upon your heavenly form and to pleasure you with my big black ****. i love youso much Paige, you hace the most beautiful smile and i’m sure you smell like jasmine down there.
all my love